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LSAISD Education Leadership Development Program 


Leadership SAISD is a FREE 9-month education leadership development program that provides community members the information and skills to become thought leaders around education.

Participants develop a nuanced understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities facing school communities with topics such as school finance, policy and advocacy, and educational equity.

Cohort members meet once a month to hear from influential speakers and experts, review best practices, research, explore equity in education, and conduct site visits. Together, participants and experts explore the issues that shape public education today with an emphasis on real-world solutions and practical problem solving. Seminars provide a factual, non-partisan look at how schools function.

Cohort members explore the most relevant topics in education today including:

Data & Research in Education 

School Finance

Education Policy & Advocacy 

Education Governance

Health & Wellness in Education

21st Century Learning 

Education Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Education Leadership 

Community Engagement 

Normally, classes are held one Friday per month from 9:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M at Cafe College and tours take place throughout the city. Please note we are closely monitoring the guidance issued by local authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community and are prepared to continue providing exceptional virtual learning experiences with modified hours starting at 9:00am and ending at 12:00pm through Zoom and Google Classroom with optional virtual opportunities to engage with fellow LSAISD cohort members and LSAISD alums concluding the sessions. 

Graduates of Leadership SAISD are equipped and positioned to serve in a number of leadership roles, including Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs); site based decision-making committees; Board of Trustee task forces; non-profit boards and volunteer positions. Moreover, LSAISD graduates have the knowledge and skills to effectively advance the broader discussion around public education within San Antonio.

Leadership SAISD Class of 2022 Graduates!

(Friday, May 6th, 2022) – Leadership SAISD (LSAISD) is proud to announce the 40 education community leaders who have graduated from the LSAISD Education Leadership Development Program and have joined the LSAISD Alumni Network of 341 education advocates and thought leaders meaningfully impacting the education landscape of San Antonio. Join us in congratulating the cohort members.


The LSAISD Class of 2022, residing across 9 out of the 17 school districts in San Antonio, participated in a free 9-month education leadership development program addressing various education topics including education leadership, community engagement, data and research in education, education equity, diversity and inclusion, education policy and advocacy, education governance, school finance, health and wellness in education, pedagogy in education and 21st century learning, and education service and leadership opportunities. Sessions provided a factual, non-partisan look at how schools function.


As the only education focused leadership development program in Bexar County, Leadership SAISD seeks to convene educators, caregivers, and community members to explore the challenges and opportunities within the educational landscape of San Antonio to activate civic engagement in various ways.


Graduates of Leadership SAISD are equipped and positioned to serve in a number of leadership roles including, Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), decision-making committees, Board of Trustee task forces, non-profit boards, and other roles. Moreover, Leadership SAISD graduates have the knowledge and skills to effectively advance the broader discussion around public education within San Antonio. 


Leadership SAISD congratulates the following 40 individuals who participated and completed this year’s program:

Ana Laura Falcon, Compass Rose Public Schools

Anna Villarreal, Alamo Colleges

Ben Rosas, Overland Partners

Carlissa Alonso, Steele Montessori Academy

Cheryl Goode, West Ed

Dr. Christina Olson, retired

Christopher Turnbull, Tafolla Middle School

Colleen Ferguson, SA Youth

Dana Wrann, KIPP University Prep

Delia Ruiz, MindShiftEd

Donna Dancer, PhD Candidate

Fatima Montez, San Antonio Education Partnership

Gabriella Serrano Garcia, MindShiftED

Glenn Revell, Central Catholic Schools

Hannah Sanchez, The Gather Place

Jasmyne Thomas, San Antonio Education Partnership

Jennifer Ramirez, Great Hearts Forest Heights

Jessica Cruz, Alamo Colleges

Jonathan Garcia Nungaray, Teach For America

Josephine Gutierrez, Latino Outdoors

Kaitlin Pothireddy, Duolingo

Katherine Sauter, San Antonio ISD

Katie Ferrier, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Kimani Mitchell, KIPP University Prep

Lauren Morgan, Steele Montessori Academy

Leslie Bernal, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Lizette Goodloe, New York Life

Maribel Gardea, MindShiftED

Marisol Rodriguez, City Year San Antonio

Michelle Herrera, Democracy Prep Charter School

Monica Garcia, Alamo Colleges

Natalie Avitua, San Antonio ISD

Nicolette Ardiente, Visit San Antonio

Phoebe Amador, Ebay

Racquel Gilford, USAA

Sara Zapata, Hawthorne Academy

Taylor Cole, UTSA Student Union

Trisha Suhr, Operation Homefront

Victor Olivares, Palo Alto College

Zachary Espericueta, Self-Employed

Class of 2023 Cohort Starts in August
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